La Grange tourney cut short

Posted 3/18/20

The Madisonville baseball team picked up a 5-2 home win at MHS March 10 before competing against Bellville, Sealy and La Vernia during a tournament in La Grange, which was cut short following Friday’s action due to Coronavirus concerns.

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La Grange tourney cut short

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The Madisonville baseball team picked up a 5-2 home win at MHS March 10 before competing against Bellville, Sealy and La Vernia during a tournament in La Grange, which was cut short following Friday’s action due to Coronavirus concerns.

Play has been suspended through March 29 as a result of the pandemic.

“Who knows what is going to happen now or if we will be able to play or not,” said head coach Adam Borgfeld. “The thing is everybody is going through this, not just us. Everyone has to follow the same precedent. We just need to stay positive, play it by ear and take it one day at a time. That is all we can do.”

The Mustangs scored four times in the bottom of the second inning at MHS against Buffalo March 10 and went on to win the game 5-2. Cade Hathorn and Cody Borgfeld led the way with two hits apiece and were responsible for three of the team’s RBIs (two for Borgfeld).

Borgfeld brought home the game’s first run in the bottom of the second with an RBI-single to left to score Dylan Stanley. Rayce Hudson came around to score for the second run on a ground ball off the bat of Cody Stapleton.

Later in the inning, a Hathorn single extended Madisonville’s lead to four runs.

After Buffalo chipped away at the deficit with a pair of runs down the stretch, Borgfeld gave the Mustangs another insurance run with a double to score Brad Rudis in the bottom of the fifth.

“I was pleased with our overall performance in the Buffalo game,” said Coach Borgfeld. “We pitched well, did the little things correct, bunted the ball well and played good defense.”

Madisonville pitching surrendered just two hits in the win and no earned runs. Cutter Smith got the start and logged 3.1 innings of hitless ball, surrendering a pair of unearned runs, and striking out two.

Cooper Staley added three more strikeouts in 2.2 inning of relief to bridge the way for Stapleton to close out the game.

Stapleton struck out three Buffalo hitters on 17 pitches to pick up the save and seal the win.

The Mustangs found themselves on the losing end of two lopsided contests in La Grange against Bellville (13-3) and Sealy (16-2) before bouncing back with a 4-2 win over La Vernia.

“Again, we faced some of the same problems we have been facing against really good opponents,” said Coach Borgfeld. “The (La Vernia) game was probably our best game so far this season overall. The kids fought hard the whole game and we were able to score four runs in the top of the fifth. (Dylan Stanley) pitched a really good game, did not really give up any hits.”

Stanley also delivered a key RBI-double in the top of the fifth to score Tyler Moseman and Hathorn, putting Madisonville on the board for the first time and giving them the lead. Nye and Stanley would both score off of errors later in the inning to put the Mustangs up three late.

La Vernia managed a run in the bottom of the fifth but fell 4-2.

Stanley surrendered two runs in 4.2 inning of work, picking up the win over La Vernia. Nye threw two pitches to secure the final out of the contest.

In their losses to Bellville and Sealy, RBIs were recorded by Stanley and Borgfeld.

The team was originally slated to start their district season March 27 against Fairfield in Madisonville. While players are currently allowed to return to their teams March 30, the situation is fluid and worth monitoring constantly.

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